In a work at home or online business, priority one is to be bringing new jobs into the system. Whether that’s performing services for others or adding products to your offerings, these are the “jobs” that are going to pay you to stay here.
Like the regular work environment, preparing yourself to meet these new “jobs” each day is the critical part. Unlike a regular work environment, you won’t simply be interviewed once, get the job and be done. Each day you will need to be prepared to met this challenge. But those challenges are part of what keeps entrepreneurs fresh and growing every day, so let’s get into it!
Make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast every morning. They say it’s the most important meal of the day. To make every hour count, don’t let half the day slip away while you wait for the caffeine to kick in. A well-balanced breakfast will make you alert and will provide you with the energy that you will need to be successful right from the time you start working each day.
Ensure that all of your initial points of contact with potential customers are appropriate. When prompted to leave a voice message, what do callers hear: your name and instructions, or a clip of your favorite pop song? As for your email, do you use a professional address? If not, it’s time to adopt a more grown-up moniker. Avoid usernames containing offensive words, misspellings and unflattering language.
Are your marketing materials up to date, crisp and relevant? Whether they are online or printed pieces, be sure that they are accurate and professional quality. They are truly your business’s first impression and the keys to lining up any job!
Are you asking for referrals? If a client is happy with your work, it’s a good time to ask them if they know others that could use your help or services. Don’t be bashful, the worst thing that you’ll hear is no. The best thing might be a treasure trove of new contacts with a trusted point of contact leading the way. So be sure to ask!
Your appearance and attire must reflect your professionalism. Stay professional and never dress casually for client contacts. It is important to look your best because a sloppy appearance can have a negative impact on the overall impression you give, just like in the regular world.
Having trouble finding clients globally? How about starting locally? It’s a lot easier to build trust with someone that knows where you are, perhaps knows some of the same people and can have a face to face meeting if ever needed. Trust is the key to any and all business, right? Beginning or in a slump? Look for local jobs to fuel you back into the game!
Avoid the negative. As in talking negative about other customers or competitors. When you do speak negatively, you introduce them into your conversation and naturally encourage a comparison where there might not have been one prior. Additionally, we have a saying, “The person who will speak ill of other with you will likely do the same about you with others”. We’re not the only ones who know this. Don’t be that guy or gal.
Be thorough and detail oriented with customer responses and inquiries. Show that you’re paying attention and value the conversation and you’ll be rewarded with the trust of the client.
Create a consistent work schedule. Your customers appreciate the consistency of a well thought out schedule. When they know what to expect, they’ll trust you more. You need to be honest about specific work and lunch hours. Even when it’s a home based or online business, a professional schedule pays.
After reading this article, you should feel a lot more confident about your “job” hunting. Now all that’s left is for you to put those tips into action. Choose one or two (or all of them!) that really appeal to you to try today. The sooner you get started, the sooner you will have the confidence to land your next job, so don’t procrastinate